Japan's cuddly yet costly mascots face extermination

Apr 8, 2015

Japan's cuddly yet costly mascots face extermination

by Shingo Ito

Japan’s swollen ranks of cuddly mascots, once de rigueur for every self-respecting local government and commercial brand, are coming under increasing threat, with some being exterminated and others combined in at times grotesque ways. The cull comes after the Finance Ministry last year decided ...

Apr 6, 2015

Public opposition to Osaka merger plan growing: poll

More people oppose Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s plan to give the city the same administrative structure and status as Tokyo than support it, according to a new Kyodo News survey. In the telephone survey conducted Saturday and Sunday, 47.5 percent of the Osaka residents ...

Mar 31, 2015

Lawyers draft ordinance to curb hate speech in Osaka

A group of lawyers and citizens has drafted an ordinance to crack down on the spread of hate speech and racist demonstrations in the city of Osaka. The anti-Korean group Zaitokukai recently organized a demonstration in Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district, home to a large population ...

'Rakugo' classic comic storyteller Beicho dies at 89

Mar 20, 2015

'Rakugo' classic comic storyteller Beicho dies at 89

Japanese rakugo classic comic storyteller Katsura Beicho died of pneumonia on Thursday evening, his office said. He was 89. Beicho, whose real name was Kiyoshi Nakagawa, was honored by the government as a living national treasure in 1996 and was awarded the Order of ...